Rites Of Passage In The Glass Castle

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As we grow older, we develop by passing through the rites of passages. These rites are commonly portrayed in literary works and in movies. An example of a work that contains the rites of passage would be The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. This book is a memoir about her life as a child with parents who could never settle down. She worked herself from the bottom up, and continues to strive as a published author and journalist. Although The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, contains many rites of passage, the three most prominent would be loss,risk-taking, and achieving a goal. In her memoir, Jeannette struggled with loss because of her family’s lifestyle. As Jeanette put it, on page 19, “We were always doing the skedaddle . . .” The Walls constantly moved to avoid police and the idea of settling down. When moving, the family usually moved to remote locations, working odd jobs for money. Another example of of loss in Jeannette’s life is when her parents threw her cat out of the car. Her mother claimed, “Cat’s don’t like travel,” on page 18. Jeannette said, “[My father] stopped the car, grabbed Quixote by the scruff of the neck, and tossed him out the window.” Her father sped up the car and drove off, leaving the cat in the dust behind them. In addition to the loss of her cat, Jeannette’s grandmother passed away. Although, Jeannette was not very close to her grandmother, she mourned the loss of her family member. Although loss is prominent in Jeannette’s life,

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